Chip Kelly: Best NFL Options for Current Oregon Ducks Head Coach

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2012

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 18:  Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks reacts from the sidelines during the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on October 18, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Chip Kelly's recent success at Oregon has made him a popular name when people discuss college football coaches who could make the jump to the NFL soon.

After achieving great success at the University of New Hampshire, Kelly has helped Oregon build a top football program since he joined the school in 2007.

Kelly is 45-7 in his three-plus seasons in Eugene as a head coach, and he has taken the Ducks to a BCS bowl game in each of those years, including a BCS National Championship game appearance in 2010.

Unfortunately, the Ducks lost that title game, but they did win the Rose Bowl last year against Wisconsin, which was the school's first Rose Bowl victory since 1917.

Let's look at three possible NFL jobs for which Kelly would be a great fit and should consider taking if offered the position.


Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach

Even though no decision has been made regarding the future of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, the team's lack of success this season could result in his firing.

Despite his great success in Philadelphia over the last decade (no Super Bowl championships, however), Reid's Eagles have not achieved much over the last few seasons.

Following the Eagles' Super Bowl appearance during the 2004 season, they have advanced past the divisional round of the NFC playoffs just one time, including three seasons in which the team failed to even qualify for postseason play.

Injuries have certainly hurt the Eagles over the last two seasons, but it's time for the franchise to make a head coaching change. Kelly's offensive brilliance would really help Philadelphia.

If a model franchise such as the Eagles, which has spent lots of money to build a competitive roster over the last decade, asks Kelly to become the team's next head coach, he would be foolish to reject the offer.

It would certainly be better than taking over a team that is having a terrible 2012 season and has very little talent.


Dallas Cowboys Head Coach or Offensive Coordinator

Jason Garrett is currently the head coach and offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, but if he is fired in offseason, which is certainly possible if the team doesn't make the playoffs, then Kelly should be a top target for owner Jerry Jones.

The Cowboys would benefit from having the head coach and offensive coordinator not be the same guy, and Kelly would be a good fit in either role for Dallas.

If Garrett is fired, current defensive coordinator Rob Ryan might be the top choice to replace him, but Kelly would do a good job leading the Cowboys offense, especially with the running game. Dallas' rushing attack ranks last in the NFL with 78.7 yards per game this year.

Jones must consider Kelly for one of these two jobs if he makes the decision to fire Garrett following the season.


San Diego Chargers

Norv Turner's San Diego Chargers teams have usually underachieved since he took over the franchise's head coaching job in 2007, and with a playoff appearance unlikely this season, the team would would be wise to fire him before next season.

San Diego hasn't won more than nine games since the 2009 season, which was also when the team last made the AFC playoffs.

If Kelly is going to accept an NFL head coaching position for next year, it's important that he chooses one that has a good quarterback if possible. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is not an elite NFL QB, but he's certainly a top-tier player.

Since the team does have a decent amount of talent on offense and defense, San Diego just needs a better coach to contend in the AFC West. Kelly should be considered as a head coaching candidate if Turner is fired after the season.